Fundamentals of Learning

Students in LA&PS who have been required to withdraw are invited to consider participating in the Fundamentals of Learning Program.

This program is designed to help students improve the academic and personal skills needed for success at university and in life outside the classroom. Success in the program relies on your active participation in a process of changing how you approach school and life. Without your full participation, the ideas and strategies presented in the program are of limited value; but, when students embrace the process and work hard to improve, tremendous outcomes are possible.

Here are some of the topics you'll encounter in Fundamentals: time management; reading, note-taking and exam techniques; critical thinking, researching, and writing essays; memory and concentration; the university system; issues of procrastination and motivation; the diversity of the York academic and demographic profile and the way individual students connect to the institution; campus resources; life and career planning; choices of major; and personal issues such as self-esteem, managing emotions, and confidence. The program is grounded in current theory and practice related to student success, human development, and retention.

If you're considering enrolling in Fundamentals of Learning, you should know that it is a pass/fail, non-credit program. The cost of the program is the same as for a 6-credit course, but these costs are not counted by/eligible for/covered by OSAP. The program is organized like a full-year course, and runs through the F/W term. It comprises weekly lectures, tutorials, readings and assignments. Additionally, students will be encouraged to take part in various campus events and to make regular use of campus resources in support of their academic progress and success. The program design balances intensive instruction and support with opportunities for engagement in University life inside and outside the classroom. All students admitted to Fundamentals of Learning will attend a short orientation event and complete an orientation assignment during the summer period preceding the start of the program.

Because acceptance into Fundamentals of Learning permits students to continue in a limited number of credit courses when they would ordinarily be prevented from doing so, the program requires that its students make (and live up to) a commitment to attendance, punctuality, and participation. Students seeking to enrol in Fundamentals of Learning merely to avoid the penalty of required withdrawal are strongly advised to reflect on the causes of their academic difficulties and to discuss their circumstances with the program director or advisor before applying.

Readings and Assignments
Regular weekly readings and assignments for Fundamentals of Learning (FND 0100) are hosted on the course Moodle site which will be made available during the first week of the school year. Students will not have to purchase expensive books or reading kits separately. It will be the responsibility of every student enrolled, however, to make full and regular use of the materials provided.

Is It for You?

Fundamentals of Learning is designed to assist students who have been required to withdraw from the University because of a low grade point average, and whose poor performance does not adequately reflect their academic ability. It is most appropriate for students who need to develop stronger skills for academic support, rather than those whose performance has been affected by personal crisis or illness.

For students whose academic difficulties arose in the context of a personal crisis or illness, please refer to the Petitions web page.

When considering the program, we encourage students to reflect on their current situation and determine if they are committed to full participation in all aspects of the program with the goal of academic recovery and ultimately earning a degree. Being admitted to the program means that we have reviewed your record and feel confident in your ability to achieve academic success. However, the program will only benefit students who participate fully in aspects of the program and apply what they learn in support of their overall academic success.


Submit an online application form and be sure to include the academic difficulties you have experienced in the past and the reasons why you think you would benefit from the course.

Your application should offer some insights into why you have not achieved grades that reflect your ability and the areas you need to develop in order to be successful.


Questions may be directed to, Office of the Associate Dean Students, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies by email at

Important Notice for Students on OSAP

To be considered a full-time student for OSAP, you must take 18 academic credits (9 credits in each term).


Lecture Times & Locations

Wednesdays 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Vanier College 135

Tutorial Times & Locations

Tutorial 1 Wednesday 8:30am-10:30am
Vanier College 114
Tutorial 2 Tuesday 4:30pm-6:30pm
Calumet College 208
Tutorial 3 Wednesday 12:30pm-2:30pm
McLaughlin College 213
 Tutorial 4 Wednesday 2:30pm-4:30pm
McLaughlin College 112
Tutorial 5 Thursday 2:30pm-4:30pm
Stong College 203
Tutorial 6 Wednesday 2:30pm-4:30pm
Stong College 224
Tutorial 7 Friday 12:30pm-2:30pm
Vari Hall 1022
Tutorial 8 Tuesday 10:30am-12:30pm
Calumet College 208
Tutorial 9 Friday 10:30am-12:30pm
Vari Hall 1022
 Maxine Wood --
Tutorial 10 Wednesday 12:30am-2:30pm
Ross South 201

Policy on Grading

The Fundamentals of Learning program is a Pass/Fail program that requires your regular active participation and development of skills. Students who participate in all aspects of the program will gradually internalize the skills and discipline required for university success. Completion and submission of the weekly individual assignments helps achieve a passing grade in the program.

To achieve a passing grade in the program, students must achieve a final score equivalent to a B+. While students who receive a failing grade will be permitted to continue in current credit courses, they may be required to withdraw from their studies for twelve months at the end of the academic session, depending on progress made in credit courses.

Students are strongly urged to review information concerning debarment, which carries more serious consequences than a required withdrawal. The minimum period for debarment is normally two years. A student who is debarred is no longer a student at York University and must reapply for admission.

Policy on Attendance and Participation

The Fundamentals of Learning program allows you to continue your studies during the academic year without interruption in order to enable you to improve your academic skills and approaches to university learning. Your acceptance into Fundamentals of Learning comes with the expectation that you will attend and participate fully in the program.

Students who demonstrate a pattern of absenteeism or disengagement from the program will be subject to review by program instructors, the program director and/or the Associate Dean Students. As the program is participatory in nature, students with excessive absence or lateness may receive a failing grade in Fundamentals of Learning.

In cases where extenuating circumstances arise that impact on students' progress in the program (including illness, accident, major life events), students are expected to notify their respective tutorial leaders and the program director promptly and to complete the required work of the program without delay.

*Special note: Withdrawal from Fundamentals of Learning may only be arranged under certain circumstances and through the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Non-attendance does not constitute withdrawal from the program.


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Teaching Team

Brian Poser
111 Central Square
(416) 736-2100 Ext. 33220

2015-2016 Instructors
Mona Frial-Brown
Hernan Humana
Leslie Mason
Janet Melo-Thaiss
Peter Paolucci
Brian Poser
Maxine Wood


If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact us:

Student Relations Coordinator
Student Academic Advising Services
103 Central Square
York University (Keele campus)

Tel: 416-736-2100 ext. 30249


Mandatory Orientation

You will be required to attend and participate in one of the listed mandatory orientation sessions below. At the orientation you will be given a short assignment as a condition of your acceptance into the program. Students who do not complete this prerequisite satisfactorily will be required to withdraw for a period of twelve (12) months.

Location: TBA

Dates and Times